2014—2015 PAYSCALE
COLLEGE SALARY REPORT
Best Schools by Salary Potential for Engineering Majors (Full List)
Earning a bachelor's degree in engineering is a great investment in your future career. Learn more about the best undergraduate engineering universities by salary.  [read more]
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Top 10 Colleges for Engineering Majors
Methodology
Annual pay for graduates with a bachelor's degree in this subject matter grouping without any higher degrees. Typical starting graduates have 0 to 5 years of experience; mid-career graduates have 10 years or more. See full methodology.
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Rank School Name Early Career Salary Mid-Career Salary
1 Rice University $73,000 $150,200
2 Lamar University $69,500 $137,700
3 Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art $64,100 $136,100
4 California State University - Fullerton (CSUF) $57,900 $130,200
5 University of California - Berkeley $73,200 $130,000
5 University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus $62,800 $130,000
7 United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis * $79,900 $129,700
8 Vanderbilt University $64,400 $129,100
9 Northwestern University $67,600 $128,700
10 Bradley University $62,300 $128,200
11 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $69,300 $127,700
12 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) $73,700 $125,800
13 Columbia University $69,200 $124,800
14 Manhattan College $61,100 $123,700
15 University of Houston (UH) $69,800 $123,500
15 McNeese State University $77,000 $123,500
17 Stanford University $68,900 $122,500
18 Washington University in St. Louis $61,600 $122,100
19 CUNY - City College $58,200 $121,600
20 Stony Brook University $59,900 $121,400
21 Cornell University - Ithaca, NY $69,100 $121,100
21 University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB) $66,800 $121,100
23 Stevens Institute of Technology $69,100 $120,900
24 California State University - Fresno (Fresno State) $52,300 $120,800
25 United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point * $79,300 $120,300
26 University of Notre Dame $64,800 $120,100
27 Drexel University $61,100 $119,800
28 Johns Hopkins University $70,400 $119,400
29 University of Delaware $59,700 $118,700
29 University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) $66,000 $118,700
31 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) $66,000 $117,900
32 University of Texas (UT) - Austin $70,300 $117,700
32 University of California - Davis (UC Davis) $59,300 $117,700
34 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) $66,200 $117,500
35 University of Oklahoma $65,700 $117,300
36 Santa Clara University $68,400 $116,300
37 University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus $66,100 $115,400
37 Clarkson University - Potsdam, NY $62,300 $115,400
39 University of Pennsylvania $68,700 $115,200
39 SUNY - Maritime College $61,600 $115,200
41 Widener University - Main Campus $53,800 $115,000
42 University of Maryland - College Park $63,400 $114,800
43 University of California - San Diego (UCSD) $64,300 $114,700
44 Louisiana State University (LSU) $72,600 $114,400
44 Southern Methodist University (SMU) $64,200 $114,400
46 Texas A&M University - Main Campus $68,600 $114,100
47 Boston University $65,500 $113,800
48 California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) - San Luis Obispo $66,600 $113,700
48 Louisiana Tech University $67,100 $113,700
50 University of Connecticut (UConn) - Main Campus $63,600 $113,500
51 University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette $67,700 $113,200
52 San Diego State University (SDSU) - Main Campus $65,100 $113,100
53 Saint Louis University (SLU) $59,900 $113,000
54 Tuskegee University $65,400 $112,700
55 University of New Mexico (UNM) $66,000 $112,500
56 Brigham Young University (BYU) $64,200 $112,400
57 Rutgers University - New Brunswick Campus $61,800 $112,200
57 Oklahoma State University (OSU) - Main Campus $62,900 $112,200
59 Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) $61,300 $111,900
60 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) $59,100 $111,400
61 California State University - Long Beach (CSULB) $60,500 $111,200
62 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) $66,900 $110,900
62 Howard University $72,900 $110,900
64 Northern Arizona University (NAU) $60,700 $110,800
65 Georgia Institute of Technology $63,400 $110,700
66 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) $62,600 $110,400
67 California State University - Northridge (CSUN) $58,800 $110,300
68 University of Alabama - Main Campus $59,100 $110,100
69 George Mason University $64,100 $109,800
70 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Dartmouth Campus $56,900 $109,700
71 University of Rochester $65,500 $109,500
71 Miami University - Oxford, OH $53,300 $109,500
73 Case Western Reserve University $61,900 $109,300
74 Montana State University - Main Campus $63,800 $109,100
75 Villanova University $66,400 $109,000
76 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) $62,200 $108,900
77 University of Hartford $62,800 $108,700
78 Washington State University (WSU) $60,700 $108,600
79 New Mexico State University - Main Campus $59,400 $108,400
79 NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering $64,300 $108,400
81 University of Southern California (USC) $64,700 $108,100
81 Northeastern University $63,100 $108,100
83 University of South Alabama $61,900 $107,700
84 San Jose State University (SJSU) $67,300 $107,500
85 Colorado School of Mines $69,700 $107,400
86 Kansas State University (KSU) $61,600 $107,300
87 Arizona State University (ASU) $62,800 $107,200
88 Ohio State University (OSU) - Main Campus $61,800 $107,100
88 University of Arkansas - Main Campus $55,200 $107,100
88 University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) $64,700 $107,100
88 Wentworth Institute of Technology $58,800 $107,100
92 Auburn University $61,900 $107,000
92 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Amherst Campus $63,600 $107,000
94 Syracuse University $60,600 $106,800
94 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor $67,100 $106,800
96 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) $56,800 $106,200
97 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison $61,900 $105,700
98 University of Cincinnati (UC) $59,900 $105,600
99 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) $63,400 $105,500
99 California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) $58,400 $105,500
101 Lehigh University $63,800 $105,300
102 University of Florida (UF) $63,000 $105,200
103 Old Dominion University $56,000 $104,900
104 California State University - Chico $57,900 $104,700
104 Tennessee State University $60,900 $104,700
106 Purdue University - Main Campus $63,600 $104,600
106 University of Utah $62,500 $104,600
108 Marquette University $63,300 $104,200
108 University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus $69,200 $104,200
110 University of Tennessee $61,200 $104,100
110 United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) * $61,600 $104,100
110 University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus $60,300 $104,100
113 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona $63,500 $103,800
114 University of New Orleans (UNO) $60,300 $103,600
115 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities $62,700 $103,500
116 Lawrence Technological University $65,000 $103,300
117 Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Main Campus $62,800 $103,000
118 California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) $61,300 $102,800
119 University of Arizona $62,400 $102,700
119 Florida State University (FSU) $64,200 $102,700
119 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Prescott, AZ $56,600 $102,700
122 University of Wyoming (UW) $61,300 $102,400
123 University of California - Irvine (UCI) $62,100 $102,300
124 Portland State University (PSU) $58,900 $101,800
125 University of Illinois at Chicago $60,300 $101,700
126 Iowa State University $62,000 $101,600
126 Texas Tech University $67,500 $101,600
126 University of Colorado - Boulder (UCB) $60,400 $101,600
126 University of Idaho $58,600 $101,600
126 Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) $58,300 $101,600
131 University of New Hampshire (UNH) - Main Campus $56,000 $101,500
132 Bucknell University $67,500 $101,300
132 Mississippi State University (MSU) $62,300 $101,300
132 University of Dayton $60,100 $101,300
135 SUNY - Binghamton University $59,300 $100,600
135 Oakland University - Rochester Hills, MI $59,700 $100,600
137 University of Maine at Orono $59,700 $100,500
138 Western Michigan University (WMU) $61,900 $100,400
139 North Dakota State University (NDSU) $58,200 $100,300
140 Michigan State University (MSU) $64,400 $100,200
141 University of Nebraska - Lincoln $61,000 $100,000
141 Western New England College $58,700 $100,000
143 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) $65,000 $99,500
144 University of Kansas $58,600 $99,400
144 University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) $57,000 $99,400
146 Clemson University $60,600 $99,300
146 Union College - Schenectady, NY $56,100 $99,300
148 Michigan Technological University $65,800 $98,900
149 Kettering University $65,700 $98,700
149 Oregon State University (OSU) - Main Campus $60,800 $98,700
149 University at Buffalo (UB) $59,700 $98,700
152 Wayne State University - Detroit, MI $61,400 $98,600
153 West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) $56,400 $98,400
154 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology $66,300 $98,300
155 Temple University $57,600 $98,200
156 Wichita State University $64,600 $98,000
156 University of Colorado - Denver Campus $64,000 $98,000
158 University of Pittsburgh - Main Campus $60,400 $97,900
159 North Carolina State University (NCSU) $60,000 $97,800
159 South Dakota State University (SDSU) $54,900 $97,800
161 University of Missouri - Columbia $58,800 $97,600
161 Valparaiso University $58,600 $97,600
163 University of Mississippi $58,000 $97,500
164 Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) $66,400 $97,400
164 Cleveland State University $56,900 $97,400
166 Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) $63,400 $97,300
167 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) $51,500 $97,100
167 University of Rhode Island (URI) $60,200 $97,100
169 West Virginia University (WVU) - Main Campus $65,300 $97,000
169 University of North Dakota $58,200 $97,000
169 University of Alabama - Birmingham Campus $59,400 $97,000
172 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Stout Campus $58,100 $96,800
173 University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) $57,600 $96,400
173 Utah State University - Main Campus $57,700 $96,400
175 Prairie View A & M University $66,900 $96,300
176 San Francisco State University (SFSU) $65,100 $96,100
177 University of Central Florida (UCF) $58,300 $96,000
178 Tennessee Technological University (TTU) $64,900 $95,900
179 Milwaukee School of Engineering $61,500 $95,800
180 North Carolina A&T State University $57,700 $95,200
181 University of Alabama - Huntsville Campus $59,400 $95,000
182 University of Vermont (UVM) $52,000 $94,900
183 University of Iowa (UI) $64,400 $94,800
183 University of Wisconsin (UW) - Platteville Campus $62,300 $94,800
185 University of South Carolina - Main Campus $61,300 $94,700
186 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Carbondale Campus $57,500 $94,200
187 Florida Atlantic University (FAU) $56,300 $93,600
187 University of Memphis (U of M) $62,700 $93,600
189 Boise State University (BSU) $51,700 $93,500
190 Gonzaga University $56,700 $93,100
191 University of Wisconsin (UWM) - Milwaukee $58,200 $93,000
192 Florida International University (FIU) $54,500 $92,900
192 Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI) $56,200 $92,900
194 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Daytona Beach, FL $63,000 $92,800
195 University of South Florida - Main Campus $54,400 $92,200
196 University of Toledo $59,800 $91,800
196 Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - Harrisburg Campus $59,900 $91,800
198 Colorado State University (CSU) $61,000 $91,700
199 Ohio University - Main Campus $57,100 $91,600
199 Southern Polytechnic State University $56,500 $91,600
199 Northern Illinois University (NIU) $62,400 $91,600
202 Saint Cloud State University $62,100 $91,000
203 DeVry University - Chicago, IL $57,400 $90,300
204 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus $64,800 $88,300
205 University of Kentucky (UK) $58,800 $87,200
205 Ohio Northern University (ONU) $56,400 $87,200
207 Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville Campus $57,000 $86,600
208 Norwich University $55,600 $84,900
209 University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) $54,800 $84,700
210 University of Louisville $57,900 $84,500
210 Wright State University - Main Campus $59,000 $84,500
212 Youngstown State University (YSU) $53,100 $84,300
213 University of Akron - Main Campus $58,400 $84,100
214 University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) $58,600 $82,300
215 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Worldwide $52,100 $76,100
216 Calvin College $59,000 $72,500

Schools that grant a lot of engineering degrees always rank very highly on our overall school rankings for salary potential, so it's no surprise that the salaries for engineering grads exclusively are even higher. PayScale's 2014-15 College Salary Report has data for engineering graduates from 216 colleges and universities. Find out where an engineering degree leads to the highest paycheck.

Highest-Earning Engineering Graduates by School

The list of schools that produce the highest-earning engineering graduates is a bit of a surprise this year. Big name schools like MIT, Harvey Mudd and CalTech don't dominate the list. Instead, Rice University has the engineering alumni with the highest mid-career salaries ($150,200), followed by Lamar University ($137,700), Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and the Arts ($136,100) and Cal State Fullerton ($130,200).

Best Schools for Engineering Students by Early Career Salary

Graduates from the United States Naval Academy (USNA), at Annapolis, top the list as the highest-earning engineering grads in their early career ($79,900). The pay rate for USNA grads jumps to $129,700 in mid-career (an increase of $49,800). USNA is number two in the overall PayScale college ranking by salary potential, with 59 percent of alumni also citing high job meaning and 92 percent saying they'd recommend the school to others.

Other colleges that produce high-earning engineering alumni right out of school include: United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point ($79,300 early career, and $120,300 mid-career), McNeese State University ($77,000 early career, and $123,500 mid-career), and California Institute of Technology (CalTech) ($73,700 early career and $125,800). Well-known engineering graduates include: former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, film icon Alfred Hitchcock, and astronaut Alan Shepard.

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